We take a look at some of the past winners and attendees at The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, hosted by the Kennedy Center in Washing D.C. 

Notable comedians who have been awarded with the prize include, Jonathan Winters (1998), Whoopi Goldberg (2001), Steve Martin (2005), George Carlin (2008), who passed away just four days after the Kennedy Center announced he would be honored, and Tina Fey in (2010). 

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